Chen Qiushi, a citizen journalist who had been doing critical reporting from Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicenter of the outbreak, has now suddenly disappeared.
Chen, who has more than 200,000 followers on Twitter and more than 400,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, had been posting regular updates from Wuhan.
But since the 6th of February, friends and family Qiushi have been unable to get through to him.
According to a Guardian report, Chen’s disappearance comes as the Chinese government struggles to contain public anger over its handling of the virus.
Chen, over the past few weeks, gave people a peek into just how dire things have been. Many of those videos have been posted to Twitter and reposted on YouTube.
In his videos, he appeared to only have basic protection of goggles and a face mask, unlike reporters from the state media networks.
— 陈秋实（陳秋實） (@chenqiushi404) February 1, 2020
In the video listen below, Chen also spoke of the eight “rumormongers” who were punished by Wuhan police for spreading false information about the outbreak.
Chen, who was previously detained for posting videos from the protests in Hong Kong, arrived in Wuhan on January 24, a day after the city was placed under a state-imposed lockdown.
According to CNN, his close friends say Chen had left them his login details to the platform, in case he was taken by the authorities.